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    by Published on 01-24-2012 06:00 AM
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    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations this morning for the 2012 season and a few under the Disney umbrella are up for a few awards this year, 13 to be exact.

    Interestingly, the two films that garnered the most attention are actually Dreamworks films. Disney merely was the distributor for both War Horse and The Help. In essence, Disney was only responsible for the creation of one of the items nominated and it was Best Original Song, for "Man or a Muppet."

    This year, Disney's nominations include:
    • Best Picture: War Horse AND The Help
    • Best Actress: Viola Davis, The Help
    • Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help AND Jessica Chastain, The Help
    • Cinematography: War Horse
    • Art Direction: War Horse
    • Music (Original Score): John Williams, War Horse
    • Music (Original Song): "Man or Muppet", The Muppets
    • Short Film Animated: "La Luna"
    • Sound Editing: War Horse
    • Sound Mixing: War Horse

    Noticeably missing from the list are any nominations for Disney-Pixar's Cars 2. This is the first time the studio has not been nominated for one if it's feature-length films.
    by Published on 01-23-2012 03:00 PM
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    Disney released a few images today offering a sneak peak at some of the entertainment coming to Disneyland Paris for its 20th Anniversary.

    The new concept rendering for the night-time Disney Dreams show showcases exactly where water will be shooting to create the World of Color-esque segments in front of the castle. Set to fireworks and a fun new score, Disney Dreams promises to be a big wow factor to top the night.

    New concept art also gives a look at the whimsical new costumes that are being designed for the new Disney Magic on Parade! which is set to premiere along with Disney Dreams on April 1, 2012.

    by Published on 01-21-2012 02:00 PM
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    BURBANK, Calif., January19, 2012 –– One of the year’s best-loved family comedies andamong the best reviewed films of 2011, Disney’s “The Muppets,” starring JasonSegel, Academy Award®-nominee Amy Adams, and favorite celebritycouple Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy -- debuts March 20 on Blu-ray™ ComboPack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand formats. A must-own movie theentire family can enjoy, Disney’s “The Muppets” in-home releaseincludes the DVD and music soundtrack packaged together and also offered as theultimate Muppets experience, a ‘Wocka-Wocka Value Pack,’ which containsthe movie on Blu-ray high definition, DVD and Digital Copy (three discs), plusa download card which allows fans to own all the songs from the film’s hugelypopular soundtrack.
    by Published on 01-21-2012 09:00 AM
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    Welcome back to TravelEAR Abroad! Today, we take you to one of the most unique locations in our series so far. Welcome to the Controversy Tram Hotel.

    Disney fandom is anxiously awaiting the grand opening of Buena Vista Street and with the Red Car Trolleys as one of the new attractions fans are eagerly waiting for Disney California Adventure, it should be no surprise that they might care to hit the tracks for a sleep-over in a railcar turned lodging destination.
    by Published on 01-20-2012 03:30 PM
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    Nftysqrt went into Disneyland today for take a look at the Lunar New Year Celebrations happening at the Small World Mall in Fantasyland. Between now and January 29th, guests can take photos with Chip, Dale, Mulan, and Mushu. Plus, throughout the celebration there will be cultural group performers as well as different snack items including egg rolls and chocolate churros!

    In addition, we also take a look at the ongoing refurbishment the Matterhorn which is now quite covered in scaffolding and over in New Orleans Square, decorations are being placed for what might be a Mardi Gras celebration not unfamiliar from the Character Fan Days version held last year.
    by Published on 01-20-2012 12:30 PM
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    Dutch Apple-Cheddar, Strawberry Rhubarb, Mississippi Mud and Blueberry are some of the offerings that Disney has announced will be on the menu at the new Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land. This upcoming Monday, January 23 will be National Pie Day and the Disney Parks Blog noted different places where you can enjoy pie at the Disneyland Resort.

    Flo's V8 Café will be one of the new dining offerings at Carsland along with the Cozy Cone which is slated to offer a slew of "punny" items including Pop Cone, Chili Cone Carne, and other Cone-cotions. Carsland is expected to be open by summer of this year.
    by Published on 01-20-2012 12:00 PM
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    Disneyland has officially kicked off the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disneyland. Cultural performers, celebration foods, and lots of characters including Mulan and Mushu are available to celebrate the Year of the Dragon!

    Nftysqrt will have a full update later today but for now here's a picture of Mulan and Mushu!

    Update: Our full pictorial coverage of today's Lunar New Year celebration is now live!
    by Published on 01-20-2012 11:00 AM
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    Disney Interactive Studios recently introduced a few new content items to Disney Universe through on the Xbox LIVE® and the PlayStation®Network. The new downloadable “Jungle Book Costume Pack” is the latest installment of downloadable content available for Disney Universe online entertainment network.

    Inspired by the stories about the feral child Mowgli from the book of the same name, players can suit up and battle friends in five brand new costumes including the independent man-cub, Mowgli; the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan; the rowdy King Louie; the nurturing black panther, Bagheera and the adorable Baby Elephant.
    by Published on 01-20-2012 08:00 AM
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    With good wishes for 2012, the Disneyland Resort invites guests to celebrate the Lunar New Year season at Disneyland park from Jan. 20-29. The Happy Lunar New Year Celebration! at Disneyland is a joyous tribute to coincide with the traditional Lunar New Year, and it recognizes time-honored traditions of the season with exciting, live performances, fun activities and special food offerings.
    by Published on 01-19-2012 09:30 AM
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    Pixie dust and fairy wings will overtake Disneyland Resort and the streets of Anaheim this weekend as thousands of runners participate in the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon (Jan. 27 – 29).

    TV sitcom star Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement) will be among the 17,000-plus runners taking part in this ultimate girls weekend, the latest event in the runDisney series and the second at Disneyland Resort.
    by Published on 01-19-2012 08:00 AM
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    Nftysqrt ventured into Disney California Adventure on Wednesday for a look at the ongoing construction all around the park during a not so peaceful off season. Pushing closer to this year's grand openings, more and more details emerge everyday in Carsland, from signs to attraction vehicle testing.

    Plus, Sunshine Plaza quickly continues to make way for its transformation into Buena Vista Street. Meanwhile over at Disneyland it's business as usual with Matterhorn and Main Street refurbishments well under way.
    by Published on 01-18-2012 10:30 AM
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    Just a few days after Hong Kong Disneyland announced their plans for the Lunar New Year, the Disneyland Resort in California has also announced plans for celebrating the traditional holiday.

    Similar to the Three Kings Day celebration which took place earlier this month, the park will be doing a small-scale celebration of the Chinese holiday from January 20-29.

    Amongst a spattering of decorations, Disney promises a few cultural performances and character meet-and-greet opportunities in front of “it’s a small world.” A sampling of foods are also to be expected if past celebrations are any indication.

    As a celebration of the year of the Dragon, the infamous Mushu will be available for meet and greet along with Mulan and other Disney characters.
    by Published on 01-18-2012 10:00 AM
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    Peter Pan flies onto DVD with six episodes of the popular Disney Junior show "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" including one never-before-seen episode and a Digital Copy! Plus, a fun new bonus feature allows kids to use their swords (included on the pack) to help Jake find his shadow in Never Land!
    by Published on 01-18-2012 07:00 AM
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    The Tinker Bell Half Marathon inaugural weekend kicks into high gear January 27 - 29, 2012. If conditions will be anything like the Disneyland Half Marathon, then you might want to take special considerations into planning a visit.

    First, the parks are likely to be very busy. With 12,000 runners in the race you can expect there to be quite a high volume of people when you count in their family and supporters. Additionally, road closures around the Resort can also impact getting to and around the area.

    Our Complete Guide to the Tinker Bell Half Marathon will give you the low down of what to expect whether you're participating in the race or just happen to be there for the weekend. It's definitely best to Be in the Know Before You Go!
    by Published on 01-16-2012 02:00 PM
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    The good folks at The Intrepid Traveler publishing house are no strangers to Disney travel. In fact, a few of their books are available for purchase at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

    Perhaps you've heard of Steven M. Barrett's HIDDEN MICKEYS?

    Those popular yellow books are a main-stay for the avid TravelEAR (that's what we call Disney vacationers) encouraging them to be on the lookout for the illusive hidden silhouette of Mickey Mouse. The handy travel books are a great way to help stay distracted from long-lines in the Disney Parks.

    It's no surprise, then, that another book to help pass the time at Disney has been released by The Intrepid Traveler. "Lots To Do In Line: Disneyland" written by author Meredith L. Pierce promises to be just as much a mainstay for upping the fun on a Disney trip as the other books from this collection.

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